Let’s Go On A Picnik, In My Yard!

Spring has arrived, the flowers on trees have come and gone, and allergies are in full force (for some, luckily not me)!  Now let’s go back to those flowers on trees… of course, they were the perfect opportunity for me to practice my photography!  In our front yard and backyard we had a plenty, of which I don’t know the names of all of them as they are new to me.  I probably took over 100 photos and I won’t bore you with them all, but here are a few lucky ones that did not appall.

Original Photos

And after planting trees, fluffing clouds, stealing picnik basket, picking blackberries, warming breeze, laying blanket, sprinkling dew and applying sunscreen with the oh-so-simple and neat photo editing web program, Picnik, here are the edited versions!

Flower #1 – Magnolia

Matte – creates a heavenly white frame

Boost, Vignette, 1960s – color was enhanced, framed in black, and vintage feel
(and yes, this rooster is on top of the toolshed in my backyard, you’re jealous aren’t you?)

Flower #2 – Help??

Vignette, 1960s – a black border and a vintage feel

1960s w/ rounded corner option– soft vintage feel

Boost – color enhanced and brightened

Flower #3 – Unknown?

1960s – vintage feel (can you tell I love this effect??)

Lomo-ish – over-saturated colors and off kilter exposure

Flower #4 – Dunno??

Cinemascope – looks like a scene out of a movie

Flower #5 – Dandelion

Cross Process – developing one type of film in anothers’ chemicals… or in this case, a cool retro feel

Which of these effects is your favorite?
If you couldn’t tell, I’m a huge fan of 1960s and Vignette since I used those the most.  I also really love the Cross Process effect too.

Also, if anyone knows the name of Flowers #2-4, please let me know!

And just an FYI, I’ll be heading to Ohio this week to work five 12-hour shifts (eeks!) so I may be behind on reading and commenting on all your lovely blogs!  🙁 I just don’t want you to think that I am ignoring you this week!


  1. April 25, 2010 / 6:52 pm

    I do love the vintage feel! And the cinemascope picture looks so pretty. Flowers are the best to photograph, but I definitely don’t know what I’m capturing most of the time so I can’t be any help. They’re all just pretty flowers to me LOL.

  2. April 25, 2010 / 7:58 pm

    Gorgeous shots! I love playing with Picnik! I like the lomo-ish and the 1960s vintage feel. I also love rounding all the little corners–makes them feel more like snapshots to me.

  3. April 25, 2010 / 8:22 pm

    ohhhh you are so sweet! thank you for stopping by my blog, yours is fabulous! The pictures of all the flowers are so lovely….I think flower #2 is my favorite and I am in LOVE with the 1960’s Vignette

  4. April 25, 2010 / 9:02 pm

    I looove Picnik too! I’m with Aubrey.. I like the lomo-ish & 1960s feel. Great photos! 🙂

  5. April 25, 2010 / 9:56 pm

    oh my goodness this is so cool!!
    i love the vintage and boost effects!!!

    do you have premium?
    i am so tempted to go premium every time i log on to flickr ahah! such cool effects!!!

    • April 25, 2010 / 10:04 pm

      @Chelsea Rebecca – Thanks!! Noo, I don’t have premium but I am always tempted to buy it as well as there are some cool Premium effects!!

  6. April 25, 2010 / 10:46 pm

    lovely photos dear!
    i am a fan of vintage ish effect

    join my giveaway 🙂 1205 giveaway

  7. April 25, 2010 / 10:47 pm

    How gorgeous!!

    I’m one of the few people in the world who actually likes dandelions. I love yellow and I love flowers that grow in abundance, lol. Plus they make great tea!

  8. April 26, 2010 / 2:42 am

    Well done on all the images. It’s amazing what can be done with photos. I really love the effects you have created.

    And five 12 hour shifts. Ugh. I have 12 hour shifts. I hope it’s not too tiring.

  9. April 26, 2010 / 4:35 am

    hi sandy

    beautiful flowers i like it very very cute flowers looks great

    enjoy have a great time

  10. Ellinelle
    April 26, 2010 / 5:08 am

    hello Sandy ..I hope it will work this time ..
    I love this post , especialy magnolia , it’s remind me about England , ever since I lived here this flower makes me think England , it’s si gracious flower ..

    and I love flower number 3 , it’s- lilac- in english I think , I love the scent , just everything about this bush flower , that reminds me about my home country ..

    wonderful post : )

  11. April 26, 2010 / 5:38 am

    Thank you for the lovely comments you left on my blog. I’m very pleased to have you as a new follower! Your blog is wonderful and these shots are gorgeous. I’m very sad the blossom is no longer in full bloom in England. Its the prettiest time of year. Looking forward to your future posts. <3 x

  12. April 26, 2010 / 6:07 am

    Your site is lovely! And I love these pictures… I have an obssession for vintage looking photos as well <3

  13. April 26, 2010 / 6:48 am

    i have all flowers like that in my garden, and they are b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. the edits look very profesh.- are they done on picnik? x

  14. April 26, 2010 / 7:38 am

    great pictures sandy…and yes i’m super jealous of your rooster on top of the toolshed …lol

  15. April 26, 2010 / 9:05 am

    ooh pretty flowers! i love the vintage feel! i believe the #3 flowers are lilacs. we live in the “city of lilacs” and even have an annual lilac parade and lilac festival! i love the aroma.

  16. April 26, 2010 / 9:10 am

    oh wow! Gorgeous photos to begin with, and those effects are so lovely! I think the vintage is my favorite as well. There is just something missing from modern photos, some little bit of charm vintage photography had. Or maybe I’m just projecting my feelings about time periods onto the photos =) I’m definitely checking picnik out asap.
    Hope your work travels are treating you well!

  17. April 26, 2010 / 10:48 am

    I like lomo and #3 is definitely lilac. We had a lilac bush when I was a kid and the flowers are SO fragrant!!

  18. April 26, 2010 / 10:59 am

    sandy, those turned out amazing. you are such a great photographer. i have been using picnik and i have never tried the cross process effect. i will have to try that!

  19. April 26, 2010 / 11:02 am

    Sandy your photos are so lovely – wow!! You really made them look cool with the picnik effects too – love the 1960’s ones :)! Very cool. The rounded edges I always love. Hope you have a nice trip 🙂

  20. April 26, 2010 / 11:18 am

    The 60’s and vingette are my favorite too. Nice work on these! Love flower pictures.

  21. April 26, 2010 / 11:21 am

    hi sandy! i love picnik too, but i have never used the 1960’s effect! must use!!

  22. April 26, 2010 / 11:29 am

    I can almost smell them! SO beautiful!

  23. April 26, 2010 / 11:42 am

    beautiful blog – so happy to have found it!! thanks for stopping by alovelyescape.blogspot.com.

  24. April 26, 2010 / 2:06 pm

    Very cute! I have dogwood trees all over the yard of the house that I grew up in TN! It’s a southern neccessity! lol. I like the lomo-ish & Cinemascope effects–very chic! umm…i’m very un-tech savy…soo did you do this in photoshop or a setting in your camera? I’m clueless about photography except just taking the picture! haha!


  25. April 26, 2010 / 5:13 pm

    such lovely flowers. amazing photography, too!!! aghh hope you have a good and productive time in ohio!!! hope you enjoy even in the midst of working!

  26. April 26, 2010 / 5:56 pm

    These flowers are gorgeous and photos are too!

  27. April 26, 2010 / 6:52 pm

    i dont know which one is my fave what I know is that moro mou (me, whis is my baby btw :)) is joining you for that picnic!! GOOORGEOUS!!!!

  28. April 26, 2010 / 7:05 pm

    Your yard has a lot of incredible flowers! I love all your photography!

  29. April 26, 2010 / 8:06 pm

    sandy, your photos are gorgeous.
    that program looks sooo cool too, ive never seen it! 😉 xo.

  30. April 26, 2010 / 8:11 pm

    Nicely done, Sandy. watch for overexposure. But overall, very nice shots!

  31. April 26, 2010 / 9:00 pm

    Lovely photos! Magnolia has such a beautiful scent. It’s what I’m wearing right now! We have lots of dandelions on our lawn. I was told that they were just weeds. They are so pretty, though!

  32. April 26, 2010 / 9:21 pm

    beautiful!!!! i’m picnik obsessive! my fave is the cross process. i also adore the rounded edges! you have a backyard full of gorgeousness!

  33. Ellen
    April 26, 2010 / 9:23 pm

    Lovely photos!
    #2: Redbud trees (we have one too!)
    #3: lilac
    #4: vinca minor (periwinkle)

    • April 26, 2010 / 9:27 pm

      @Ellen – OMG, you are a flower genius!! Thanks for naming them for me cuz!!! =)

  34. April 26, 2010 / 9:35 pm

    ohh these flower photos are all so beautiful! i really like the way you edited them. my favorite effects are the 1960s and vignette too! they make the photos look whimsical and dreamy. my favorite is the 2nd one (and yes, i AM jealous of the rooster!). i’m going to have to start using picnik.

    i love it when the tree blossoms bloom. the ones in our yard were like that for a while but all the flowers fell off already.

    i wish i could help you out with those flowers, sandy! but unfortunately, i’m not good with flower names. >_<

    reply to your comment: eek, i'm not quite sure what i'm doing after graduation yet! hehe, i actually finished my classes in december and started job-hunting, but i've been unsuccessful so far so i've been working on my etsy shop/blog to keep me busy! i'm really excited about my europe trip. i'm going with my school for 11 days to paris, rome, and venice. 😀 i can't wait to take pictures, shop, and EAT.


  35. April 26, 2010 / 11:19 pm

    great photos sandy! i miss my dslr… i love the cynthia vincent wedges from target. and so comfy!

  36. April 26, 2010 / 11:30 pm

    Sandy, your flowers are gorgeous! The unknown flowers #3 are definitely lilacs — they’re my absolute favorite flowers. I’m actually quite jealous, because I can’t get them out here in Southern CA, and all I really want to do is bury my face in a bush of them and breathe in and out.

  37. April 27, 2010 / 2:01 am

    these are wonderful and so very beautiful!
    i love it ♥

  38. April 27, 2010 / 7:20 am

    Beautiful images, Sandy! Looks like you had so much fun. Good luck with your busy week. 🙂 xo

  39. April 27, 2010 / 1:24 pm

    I absolutely love your Magnolia pics!x

  40. April 27, 2010 / 5:29 pm

    love the flowers and YES. totally jealous of the rooster!
    guessing, but i think the flowers are crabapple blossomes; lilacs; and phlox.

  41. April 27, 2010 / 7:51 pm

    OMG how fun! i too love that 1960s vibe! soo sooo sweet! 🙂 have fun in ohio 🙂

  42. April 28, 2010 / 12:15 am

    Gorgeous! Loved 1960s but I’ll always be a sucker for “boost.” Go team contrast!

  43. April 28, 2010 / 8:48 am

    WOW! Georgeous flowers! Love the edits on them, too! 😀

    Have a great day!

  44. April 29, 2010 / 10:27 pm

    Beautiful photos!! Picnick is so so neat– I love that 60s feature as well! I always feel like I’m learning something new on your site. Love it!! 🙂

  45. May 2, 2010 / 6:44 pm

    what gorgeous photos!! omg~ i even thought the original ones looked awesome! i loveeee picnik! =)

  46. May 6, 2010 / 2:58 pm

    I love Lomoish and am such a huge fan of picnik. I am currently without a camera right now, (sad, right?!) but even with a really cheap one picnik still makes them look not half bad. Although, your photography skills are gor.geous!

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